Sasse Nails’ appointment-only policy fits in with the salon’s overarching philosophy. Owner Kristine Koenker’s team of nail technicians take all the time they need with each customer, soaking, scrubbing, and polishing toes for a full hour without feeling rushed. The relaxed, serene atmosphere doesn’t stop there: Kristine makes sure each station has a comfortable amount of space, and a leaf-shaped mirror reflects warm, earth-toned hues meant to inspire tranquility.
As techs apply long-lasting Gelish polish or dip toes into warm paraffin wax, clients can peek through the windows and glass door that separate the nail salon from Kristine's adjacent full-service hair salon. The glass dividers open up the space visually, but keep noise to a minimum, and the quiet is only interrupted when clients express their gratitude for well-treated feet with tap-danced Morse code.
Darque Tan's arsenal of beds, booths, and nourishing lotions infuses visiting bodies with sun-kissed color. Along with at least 20 tanning beds, each location brims with tan-savvy staff members—each certified through the International Smart Tan Network—who can work with you to customize a program based on your tanning goals, skin type, and relation to black-and-white movie starlets. A dedicated full-time cleaning staff regularly runs through a 50-point inspection process between sessions, helping to create a sanitary tanning experience and keep clients from warming up 6-foot-long paninis during appointments.
Because the existence of so many types of tanning equipment can sometimes make tanning intimidating, Perfect Tan’s staffers are always on hand to help clients establish a tanning regimen based on their skin type and tanning goals. By asking a few simple questions, the staff can help clients choose from three levels of tanning beds and a UV-free, sunless Mystic spray-tan booth that leaves bodies evenly bronzed in about 20 minutes. Their tan plan determined, clients recline in lie-down beds from Ovation, Encore, Solart, and Bravo, or they stand in a 2M standup tanning booth so they can keep balancing stacks of dinner plates on their heads.
Envy Skin Clinic's staff includes a team of aestheticians and nurse injectors who work to extend the appearance of youth with minimally invasive procedures. Like a successful intergalactic empire, the team lets powerful lasers do most of the dirty work, employing a variety of beams designed to whisk away hair, reduce fat, and clarify the skin's surface. If subdermal intervention is required, however, units of wrinkle-smoothing Botox and Juvederm are available to help smooth faces from the inside out.